Opening the Floor–Ask an Expert! What Do YOU Want to Learn More About?
One of my favorite parts of blogging is I get to hang out with you guys. I love your comments and REALLY LOVE when you share your stories. I read every one of them, and the only reason I don’t reply to all comments is because some of you subscribe to be messaged when there is a new comment…
…and I don’t want to blow up your e-mail with “((HUGS)) You are so awesome! I forget my purse ALL the time!”
I never run out of ideas because the world is a very interesting place. Writing is a complex topic and social media for writers is ever-evolving (along with the publishing paradigm).
I do try to mix this blog up with different content, some informational and some just fun. Keeps me fresh and you from being bored. Besides I am far too
crazy creative to wear an expert suit all the time. I have to wear digital panty hose and they chafe :D.
But I want to try something different, today. I generally choose the topics. Ever so often one of you might ask something in the comments and that gives me an idea for a blog. I can keep just blogging about the things I find important or interesting, but I’d like to ask you guys what you’d like me to blog about. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- What do you want to know about fiction?
- How do you hook in the beginning of your book?
- When do we need a prologue?
- More dialogue (maybe from me or another expert)?
- Tips for self-editing?
- How to find a good editor? What’s the difference between a line-editor and content-editor? What is reasonable to pay for these services?
- How do we choose what genre to write?
- How do you write YA?
- How do you get started writing for children?
- World-building? (for fantasy, sci-fi, etc.)
- Differences and expectations in genres?
- How do you create romantic tension? Write love scenes?
- What are the fundamentals of good romance?
- Scene and sequel structure?
- Generating conflict and tension?
- How to write a strong female character and make her likable, too?
- What are elements of great heroes?
- What are the must-have resources for writers?
- Why is it a bad idea to put Band-Aids in your hair?
- If you are brand new, where do you start? How do you begin that first novel?
- How do you get ideas for stories?
- How to do research?
- Want to know about non-fiction?
- How do you choose a topic?
- Write a proposal?
- Land an agent without using chloroform?
- How do you choose an agent? What questions do you ask?
- When is it time to fire an agent?
- How do you pitch?
- Create a log-line/elevator pitch?
- How do you get blurbs for your book without using blackmail?
- Which type of publishing might be a good fit for you?
- Choose a conference?
- Speak Pig Latin like a pro?
- Do you want to explore psychological profiles for crime writing?
- Want to write about the military or guns in your book and sound like you know what the heck you are talking about? Revolvers DO NOT have a safety, btw. Also, it is a MAGAZINE, not a CLIP. And if we call it a MAGAZINE CLIP, it makes us sound double-stupid.
- Want to know more about author brand?
- How to handle a pen name with social media?
- How to use a pen name and ACTUALLY protect your real identity?
- Internet safety. How do we stay safe in cyberspace?
- How to use Twitter and NOT be a spamming @$$clown?
- More about blogging? Where to start? What to talk about?
- How to deal with haters and trolls without becoming one, too?
- How to balance social media and writing? It can be done. No whining.
- Want to know more about Smashwords? What does it do?
- CreateSpace? How to use it?
- Why it’s a bad idea to let your husband have a remote control helicopter AND access to Post-It Notes?
- Want to learn tips for productivity?
- Learning self-discipline? I was once a lazy sot, so if I can do it, ANYONE CAN.
- Balance family, work and writing without going crazy…ok craziER. Y’all are writers, so you know we all start out crazy. Little disclaimer there.
- Learning social intelligence?
- Having a fabulous social media presence WITHOUT changing your personality (unless you’re a jerk). Shy introverts don’t need a personality transplant. You are awesome. Be YOU.
- How to teach your child Jedi skills by age three?
- How to deal with family/friends who doesn’t get why you want to be a writer and who are kinda jerks to you?
- How to put down boundaries in a world with no borders?
- How to be an expert on ghosts? What exactly IS a K-2 meter and why are all paranormal investigators named “Darryl” and wear a mullet?
These are just some of the topics I could think of. Most I can blog about, but I also am connected to other, more knowledgeable writers who are always happy to lend a hand (as y’all saw with Les Edgerton’s series). I am not ashamed to admit I don’t know stuff (like WTH IS a K-2 meter and why do all these regular people all seem to have them in their kitchen drawers like a flashlight?).
Honestly, if I don’t know about a topic, I will just
abduct recruit another expert who does know…and then promise to free them in exchange for a guest post. I have a creepy panel van AND a very impressive and intimidating NERF battle-ax. So here’s your chance to tell me what you want to talk about. What do you need help with? The floor is yours…
I LOVE hearing from you guys! Now you get to ask me questions AND it counts for the contest. How COOL IS THAT?
To prove it and show my love, for the month of April, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment, and link back to my blog, and mention my book We Are Not Alone in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? The unvarnished truth from yours truly.
I will pick a winner once a month and it will be a critique of the first 20 pages of your novel, or your query letter, or your synopsis (5 pages or less).
And also, winners have a limited time to claim the prize, because what’s happening is there are actually quite a few people who never claim the critique, so I never know if the spam folder ate it or to look for it and then people miss out. I will also give my corporate e-mail to insure we connect and I will only have a week to return the 20 page edit.
At the end of April I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!